Loving St. Petersburg
Trip Start Nov 21, 2007
158Trip End Oct 01, 2008
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Our group broke up then and we went to see the inside of the Church of the Spilled Blood where there were MANY mosaics of Christ's life and stories of the Bible
Our second day, we visited the Hermitage which was AMAZING. It is the second largest museum in the world. We started the tour in the winter palace which was Catherine the Great's home. Elizabeth put most of the work into gathering the art and precious works but never lived in it. Much of the art was either a gift or acquired from other countries during the 13th - 20th, or taken from private collections during the Soviet Revolution
Our last day we took a hydrofoil boat to Peterhof which is known as the Summer Palace. Fountains fill the acreage which make it a nice place to wander around. Most visitors don't even make it into the actual Palace. They just walk along the pathways and snap photos of the fountains. The best waterfalls were the one in the back of the palace, but we managed to see many, many more....before they turned the water off around 6pm. We had wanted to take a picture of a specific fountain with sunshine, and by the time we got back to it, the water was off. Oh well!! We had a nice dinner with Nellie, Ian, and Jack before heading out early in the morning to Latvia.
With Love from Russia!
RANDOM: After taking lots of pics of the Moscow metro, we were told that we could not take any photos in the St
We learned random Russian letters by the time we were done. P is an R sound. Backwards N is an "I" sound. You say thank you with "spasiba". They used "nyet" ALOT. Nellie even coined the phrase "nyet schpeee (the sound a coke makes when you open it)" so we could order still water to drink. We got better as the time went on...as always.
Laundry was an interesting experience. We did a load at the hotel in St. Petersburg for only 40 rubles ($1.50 or so) which took 1.5 hours. It sort of beat up a few of our clothes but hey, they are CLEAN, right? Jana had one casualty, but nothing that will be a trip ender!
We called the rubles, rubles like Barney Ruble from the Flintstone. It was then shortened to Rubs.